There are so many things to consider when buying underwear. Your options are endless, and there is so much to consider! There's the waistband, the elastic around the legs, the cut of the underwear, the coverage, the comfort, and should I choose practical or sexy underwear? And, there may not be one pair of underwear that fits all occasions. Depending on what you are wearing or doing, you may choose to wear a different type of style or even go commando, but there are some things to consider when it comes to vaginal and vulva health.

Women with sensitive skin or who have chronic infections should consider what underwear they are wearing. Breathable fabrics like cotton and bamboo are the best to allow the vulva and vagina to breathe—these moisture-wicking fabrics all this sensitive area to stay cool and dry. The possibilities of underwear are endless so if you choose other synthetic materials like nylon, silk, or lace, make sure there is a cotton gusset because yeast and bacteria thrive in moist, dark spaces.

Consider the cut and comfort of the underwear over the aesthetics. If underwear is too tight or the elastic around the legs doesn't have a good stretch, it can cause friction and irritation. This can lead to ingrown hairs, cysts, and chafing in the groin area. For those who like to wear thongs, the good news is that thongs do not increase the risk of vaginal infections. The material is what matters. Opt for a thong that fits properly and has a cotton gusset. You can even go commando and let the vulva be free and unrestricted.

Choosing the right underwear may make a difference in your vaginal and vulvar health. It is a delicate area that is sensitive to any changes, including what you wear. So choose wisely.